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New data: Americans filling far fewer opioid prescriptions

Linda A. Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 10:01am

The number of prescriptions for opioid painkillers filled in the U.S. fell dramatically last year, showing their biggest drop in 25 years and continuing a decline amid increasing legal restrictions and public awareness of the dangers of addiction, new data show.

FAA orders fan blade inspections after jet engine explosion

David Koenig and Claudia Lauer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 9:58am

U.S. airline regulators have ordered inspections on engine fan blades like the one that snapped off a Southwest Airlines plane and led to the death of a woman who was blown partway out a window.


Diaz-Canel replaces Raul Castro as Cuba's president

Michael Weissenstein and Andrea Rodriguez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 9:58am

Raul Castro said Thursday that he expected 57-year-old Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez to serve two five-year terms as president and eventually take Castro's place as head of the Communist Party, potentially dominating Cuban politics until 2031.

Markets Right Now: Tech drop pull stock US indexes lower

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 9:58am

The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):

US experts back marijuana-based drug for childhood seizures

Matthew Perrone, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 9:56am

A panel of government health advisers is recommending approval of a medicine made from the marijuana plant to treat childhood epilepsy, moving the medication closer to the U.S. market.

'Fearless Girl' to leave Wall Street's 'Charging Bull'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 9:54am

The "Fearless Girl" statue near Wall Street that has become a global symbol of female can-do business spirit will be moved from her spot facing the "Charging Bull" to a location by the New York Stock Exchange.

Trump admin starts plan to drill in Arctic wildlife refuge

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 9:47am

The Trump administration is moving toward oil and gas drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. A notice being published Friday in the Federal Register starts a 60-day review to sell oil and gas leases in the remote region.

Proper use of oxygen mask could be lifesaving

Damian J. Troise, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 9:46am

Paying attention to flight attendants might save your life.

Cell phones, biometrics fuel jump in bank account ownership

Ken Sweet, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 9:44am

Roughly seven out of every 10 adults worldwide now have some form of bank account, the World Bank said Thursday, largely due to the proliferation of cell phone-based bank accounts and other simple bank account programs in places like India and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Alabama mayor: 'Poop train' finally empty; sludge gone

Jeff Martin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 9:38am

The last train car full of New York City sewage sludge that has stunk up a small Alabama community for more than two months has finally been emptied, the town's mayor said this week.

Men arrested at Starbucks say they feared for their lives

Errin Haines Whack, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 9:28am

Rashon Nelson initially brushed it off when the Starbucks manager told him he couldn't use the restroom because he wasn't a paying customer.

IMF's Lagarde: Trade tensions threaten global economy

Martin Crutsinger and Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 9:22am

The head of the International Monetary Fund is warning that the healthiest global economy in years is being threatened by rising debt levels and a simmering trade dispute between the world's two biggest economies.

'Pharma Bro' moves to New Jersey _ for federal prison stay

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 9:14am

The pharmaceutical-industry entrepreneur vilified for jacking up the price of a life-saving drug was moved Tuesday to a low-security federal prison in New Jersey.

Ghost in the machine: Indian motorcycles may self-start

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 9:09am

There may be a ghost in the machine in about 3,300 Indian brand motorcycles. The engines can start by themselves because of a faulty switch.

The Latest: With family OK, firefighter moved to help woman

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 8:58am

The Latest on the Southwest Airlines plane that made an emergency landing in Philadelphia (all times local):

Average US 30-year mortgage rate rose to 4.47 percent

Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 8:56am

Long-term U.S. mortgage rates climbed upward this week, slightly worsening affordability for homebuyers.

Germany's Merkel appears open to compromise on EU reforms

Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 8:34am

German Chancellor Angela Merkel signaled her willingness to find compromises with France when it comes to reforming the European Union, as she hosted French President Emmanuel Macron for talks Thursday in Berlin.

North Korea has a new budget and it's full of fiscal hijinks

Eric Talmadge, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 8:30am

Imagine a national budget that reflects steady growth, gives a healthy boost to science and technology while reserving big slices of the overall pie to defense and social spending. It's generous with infrastructure improvements, and is certain of unquestioning, unanimous approval in parliament.

Power largely restored across Puerto Rico after blackout

Danica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 8:12am

Puerto Rico's power company said Thursday that it has restored electricity to more than 80 percent of customers affected by an island-wide blackout that was caused by an excavator hitting a transmission line, but tens of thousands of families still remain without normal service seven months after hurricanes Maria and Irma.

Kremlin says nationalizing sanction-hit Rusal is an option

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 8:12am

The Kremlin says a temporary nationalization of aluminum producer Rusal is being discussed after the company was hit by United States sanctions.